With its strategy for plastics, the EU is not only wishing to set out the problems that plastic waste causes in the oceans, for example, but is also intending to put forward possible solutions along the whole plastics value chain. Central topics here are better recycling, waste prevention, eco design and measures to boost markets for secondary raw materials. The concept, which is being worked on by both the DG Environment and the DG Growth, is to be finalised by the end of the year.
A new attempt by the Greens to promote the introduction of national restrictions on specific packaging was rejected. This sends a clear message to the French government, which has put into place a controversial ban on disposable plastics tableware that is illegal under EU rules, according to Pack2Go Europe.
“We now have the weight of the entire European Parliament and the Commission against the sort of politically motivated, impractical ban that is supposed to come into force in France in 2020 against disposable tableware,” says Mike Turner of International Paper Foodservice Europe (Winsford / UK; www.internationalpaper.com) and current chairman of Pack2Go Europe.